Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Fund Raising Begins for Aeolian-Skinner Op 1358

Restoration of the Pipe Organ at the Cathedral of St Andrew While it’s not exciting or motivating, this is a sincere and earnest appeal for a worthy Aeolian-Skinner that has been modified over the years. You can see the specification … Continue reading

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New Console for The Citadel’s Reuter

Old Citadel Organ to Be Dedicated During Piccolo Spoleto Read about the current situation of the Reuter organ in the Chapel at The Citadel. Every time I’ve visited, it was unplayable, and this progress report is great news indeed. After … Continue reading

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Raising Money for Maintenance: A Piston for £100

Musicians Rally Round to Help Save Church Organ This is another story about locals raising money for organ repairs by giving concerts, but there is a twist to this that I’ve not seen before. Most times, donors might give so … Continue reading

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A New Curator for Baycourt’s Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Organ’s Keeper Will Pull Out All the Stops Perhaps in New Zealand they routinely say, “Mighty Wurli,” but I’ve never heard it before. “Terry Creighton was named Baycourt’s Mighty Wurli organ keeper in a ceremony yesterday.” It’s not a … Continue reading

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Guillou and the Festival of Organs in Namur, Belgium

Venery Fantaisy au Festival d’orgue In Namur, Belgium, we read about Jean Guillou’s long involvement with the Festival. Here is the text in English (translation by Google). If you’re interested to find out more about the organs, visit this page … Continue reading

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1981 Jaeckel Removed for “Improvement”

Cathedral’s Pipe Organ Getting Refurbished, Updated Read this article by Clay Schuldt about the cleaning and rebuilding of Holy Trinity Cathedral’s Jaeckel organ from 1981. This is another one where I don’t understand the need to remove and work on … Continue reading

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New III/54 Casavant for Hope College

Hope’s New Concert Organ to Elevate Music Program Thanks to David Roossien, Hope College and Huw Lewis will have another organ to use, a new Casavant. We should all have friends like David Roossien. David Roossien of Holland isn’t an … Continue reading

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Quimby Lane Organ Moved by Dobson

Family Donates Pipe Organ To Bridgehampton Church This story doesn’t seem to have a down side — everybody wins. It’s interesting that the relocation of the organ located on Quimby Lane is being handled by Dobson! Since 1942, Charlotte Rogers … Continue reading

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Organ Damaged in Bombing Gets New Home (video)

Church Saves Century-old Organ Damaged in Bombing One might immediately think that this was an organ damaged in World War II. Or perhaps, it was near Trinity Church, Wall Street, and was damaged in the Twin Towers collapse. No, there … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s, New Orleans, and Its Jardine

Historic Organ Plays Again at St Joseph’s in New Orleans “The last time the organ had been played for a full Mass was 25 years ago. Of the two keyboards, only one worked when Habeney played.” This sounds the beginning … Continue reading

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